With a large choice of London accommodation types and locations, you’ll be sure to find your ideal holiday apartment in London with HomeAway. London blends centuries of culture and heritage, with cutting edge entertainment, architecture, dining and shopping. And of course there are more sights and attractions than you can cram into one holiday. Most rentals are located in the centre of this exciting city, in the form of modern or classic apartments and townhouses in all kinds of styles and sizes, minutes on the tube or bus from world-famous landmarks. You’ll be pleased to find that most holiday apartments in London offer free wi-fi access, and despite the central locations, off-street parking is often included at London holiday homes.
-Sightseeing. London has some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. Whether its historical buildings like the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral, or modern structures like the London Eye or the Shard tower. On the medieval streets of the Cities of London and Westminster you’ll find something to pique your interest at almost every turn.
-Museums. London is one of the world’s cultural hotbeds. Some of the best museums anywhere can be found here, from prestigious art institutions like the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and National Gallery to the distinguished British Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. There are also famous arts centres at the South Bank and Barbican.
-Shopping. As you might expect from a city of London’s profile, there’s abundant choice when it comes to shopping. Whatever you’d like to find, an almost endless variety of market stalls, malls, luxury boutiques or high-street chains is at hand. Luxury shoppers might choose Knightsbridge or Bond Street, while the hip and trendy should make for locations like Covent Garden or Camden.
-Nightlife. London is a city with almost unlimited choice when it comes to evening entertainment. The West End is one of the world’s most celebrated theatre scenes, home to the Royal Opera House and a host of other respected venues. Younger visitors will be spoiled for choice, with an inestimable range of bars, legendary music venues and nightclubs.
-Dining. It follows that a city with one of the most cosmopolitan populations anywhere on the planet should have a dining variety to match. All tastes and pockets are catered for, from high-end destination restaurants run by famous luminaries of the food world, to fast food, pubs and bijou eateries specialising in familiar or exotic cuisines.
London holiday apartments are set in a city with a temperate climate, and no real extremes. Conditions tend to be quite changeable – summers are moderate, bringing occasional warm spells with sunny, clear weather for a few days at a time. Temperatures in July and August get up to the mid-20s or higher at times, but usually settle in the low-20s. Spring and autumn weather is mild, sometimes damp and occasionally breezy. Winters are also quite mild, but there are one or two cold snaps every year, during which there are a couple days of snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
London is served by a much-improved public transport system, with a high concentration of underground stops, complemented by an extensive bus network. Despite introducing a congestion charge the roads can still get clogged at peak hours. The Docklands Light Railway operates in the east and southeast, and there’s a reliable rail network serving the southeast region, with 20 terminals in the centre. If you’re flying to London then the main airports are Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW), which have over the last three decades been joined by Stansted (STD), Luton (LUT) and London City (LCY).
Read more about things to do in London from travel experts Fiona, Gill, Jules and Michael.